[ dawg-trot, dog- ]
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  1. a gentle trot, like that of a dog.

  2. South Midland and Southern U.S. a covered passage or porch linking two parts of a house; breezeway.

verb (used without object),dog·trot·ted, dog·trot·ting.
  1. to go or move at a gentle trot or a dogtrot.

Origin of dogtrot

First recorded in 1655–65; dog + trot1

Words Nearby dogtrot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dogtrot in a sentence

  • To conserve his strength and wind he kept his pace to a dogtrot.

    The Golden Skull | John Blaine
  • On the first alarm, the chief of police, accompanied by a good half of the day force, came at a dogtrot.

    Old Judge Priest | Irvin S. Cobb
  • Kazu slowed down, and then finding no directions or advice forthcoming, he resumed a steady dogtrot to the north.

    The Image and the Likeness | John Scott Campbell
  • Once more they resumed their journey lakewards, breaking into the inevitable dogtrot as the long, dark pier came in sight.

    A Son of the City | Herman Gastrell Seely
  • John continued on a dogtrot towards home, and a moment later was pestering Mrs. Fletcher at her work in the kitchen.

    A Son of the City | Herman Gastrell Seely

British Dictionary definitions for dogtrot


/ (ˈdɒɡˌtrɒt) /

  1. a gently paced trot

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